** Beamer brought up the issue of slow starts, saying he and his staff talked “in great detail” about why the Hokies have been so bad in the first quarter offensively. He wasn’t giving out the specifics of those conversations, though.
“Well, we discussed that as a staff and we’re going to keep it within our staff and try to do better this week,” Beamer said.
Beamer liked how the offense came around late in the game. He mentioned a couple times that the Hokies took the lead back twice in the fourth quarter, pointing out Logan Thomas‘ nice throw on the 56-yard touchdown pass to Corey Fuller.
“But there are some plays that weren’t so good too,” he said. “And I think, like I said earlier, we talked a lot about it and hopefully it will be better this week.”
As for Thomas, who was up-and-down again, going 17-for-30 for 242 yards, a touchdown and one interception that he could be blamed for (the other came on a Hail Mary), Beamer said his performance remains a function of the entire offense.
“You’ve got to trust people around you,” he said. “All that hasn’t settled out as well as we’ve liked, but we have to just keep working on it.”
** Beamer’s message to the team this week? “We’ve got to just keep working,” he said. “I said at the start of the year that I thought we could be a good football team, but we weren’t that right then. And I still feel the same way right now. I do think we can be a good football team. I think the kids really are. They’re extremely hurt, disappointed after the game. But we did things better in this game, some things we did. But the message is just to keep working and we have some critical ACC games coming.”
** He stood by his secondary, despite the fact that they gave up 372 passing yards to Cincinnati, including a devastating 39-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds to go.
“They were out there on an island quite a bit,” Beamer said. “And when Kyle [Fuller] went out, they picked on [Donaldven] Manning a little bit. And then overall, I think they did OK. The last play of the game was a misplayed ball, but for the most part, I think they did OK.”
Antone Exum had a rough day, but Beamer said “he’s just got to use good technique. And I think the more he plays it, the better he’ll get.”
Fuller’s cramps had him shuttling in and out of the game in the third quarter, but Beamer said he’s fine this week.
** There’s no injury to center Andrew Miller, Beamer said. Caleb Farris was in the game at center in the fourth quarter.
“Just trying to keep them fresh, as much as we can,” Beamer said. “I think we need to continue to do that.”
Left guard David Wang traveled but wasn’t ready to play last week. Same goes for linebacker Tariq Edwards. Beamer was hopeful that given another week of practice and rehab that both would be ready this week.
** Beamer called North Carolina a “dynamic” team, pointing out that the Tar Heels are averaging 478 yards per game.
“This is a really good football team and a hot football team,” Beamer said. “I think they’re playing really well right now too. So we’ve got our work cut out for us.”
** Virginia Tech’s game against Duke on Oct. 13 at Lane Stadium has been set for a 12:30 p.m. kickoff. It will be televised by the ACC Network.
Here’s the full slate of Oct. 13 games:
- Duke at Virginia Tech, ACC Network, 12:30 p.m.
- North Carolina at Miami, ESPNU, 2:30 p.m.
- Maryland at Virginia, RSN, 3 p.m.
- Boston College at Florida State, ESPN2, 5:30 p.m.